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LGiU Fortnightly 19th July – SoS Local Gov: James Brokenshire & Andrew Gwynne

July 19, 2019 by Jennifer Glover

It’s been a big week at LGiU. We hosted our annual Local Government APPG reception on the beautiful House of Commons terrace and launched the final report from the Local Finance Taskforce. Hear the full keynote speech by Rt Hon James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local…


Local Government APPG Summer Reception 2019 – fixing council funding

July 19, 2019 by Alice Buszard

On Monday night, the Local Government APPG (for which LGiU provides the secretariat), hosted its annual summer reception on the House of Commons Terrace. It was an evening to celebrate local government but also an opportunity to discuss some of the current challenges facing councils. James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of…


It’s #TownHalliday time

July 19, 2019 by Ingrid Koehler

If you’re anything like LGiU staffers,  you’re a fan of a nice town hall.  For me, no summer holiday is complete without  a visit to a town hall, which the rest of the family totally embraces begrudgingly accepts.  We suspect many of our readers share our love for a bit…


Children’s Life Chances

July 11, 2019 by Ingrid Koehler

At the same time that children’s services are placing greater pressure on local government finances, local government finances are placing greater pressure on what we’re able to do for children. So much of what supports a good childhood and leads to a successful adulthood is under threat.  Early childhood intervention,…


Sun, sea, sand and local government

July 5, 2019 by Ingrid Koehler

This sun was blazing, the sand was golden and the sea was blue in beautiful Bournemouth for this year’s LGA conference. But there was a clear divide between busy, lanyarded, suited and booted conference delegates and happy holiday makers. There was a mood of urgency and a clear sense that…


LGiU Fortnightly 5th July – LGA Conference Special

July 5, 2019 by Jennifer Glover

Recorded live from sunny Bournemouth, LGiU joined the great and the good of local government at the LGA’s annual conference this week. We discuss the messages coming from Secretary of State James Brokenshire and new LGA chair Cllr James Jamieson, as well as updates from LGiU’s fringe events. We caught…


Local leadership shows the way on homelessness

July 1, 2019 by LGiU

Piali Das Gupta was one of the Commissioners on the LGiU Homelessness Commission; following the publication last week of the final report and recommendations by the Commission she tells us about that experience.


Viewpoint: The future of seaside towns

June 27, 2019 by LGiU

Cllr Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, explains his authority’s multifaceted approach to regeneration, which takes in much more than the coastline.